Adding and verifying your domain in Google Search Console should be the first step in your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plan. It allows you to submit your website’s sitemap, check indexing issues, submit individual URLs for expedited indexing, keyword search performance, and more. Verifying the domain can be confusing, as Google asks you to edit DNS zones. Here is how you do it with SiteGround.
- Head over to Google Search Console (https://search.google.com/search-console). Create an account or login using your Google account.
- Find and click “Add Property”
- Type in your website in “Domain Property Type” (Requires DNS Verification) and Click “Continue”
- Google will display a “Verify domain ownership via DNS record” box. COPY the TXT record that they provide. You should see the “COPY” button.
- Open a new tab, login to your Siteground, and go to “Site Tools” of your website.
- On the left hand side, click on “Domain” and “DNS Zone Editor”
- You should see “Create New Record.” Click on “TXT”
- Paste the code that Google Search Console provided you in “Value” and click “Create”
- Go back to the Google Search Console tab and click on “Verify”
- Ownership should now be verified. If not, then wait 5-10 minutes and click on “Verify” again. Keep trying, as DNS changes can take up to 24-48 hours.
Feel free to contact us, if you have any questions or issues verifying your domain in Google Search Console. We also offer SEO services.